Covid-19 probably came to people through an animal, and likely started spreading no more than a month or two before it was noticed in December of 2019, a World Health Organization draft report finds.
The report clears the blame hanging over China by saying a laboratory leak was the least likely source for the virus that has now wrecked havoc and disrupted the world as many of us were used to,
.WHO is scheduled to release the final report on its investigation into the origins of coronavirus on Tuesday (today), but a draft version of the report obtained by CNN shows there’s still no smoking gun and no evidence suggesting the virus was spreading any earlier than the very end of 2019.
The report gives four possible sources for the virus and the most likely scenario is via an intermediate animal host, possibly a wild animal captured and then raised on a farm.
But the investigation has not found what other animal was infected by a bat — considered the most likely original source of the virus — and then may have transmitted it to a human. “The possible intermediate host of SARS-CoV-2 remains elusive,” it reads.
Next likely is direct transmission from one of the animals known to carry a similar coronavirus, such as a bat or a pangolin. Possible but not probable is transmission from frozen or chilled food, and least likely is an accidental laboratory release, the report finds.
However the former Director CDC Dr. Robert Redfield told CNN that the most likely theory was a lab leak.
This report from WHO clearly puts China on the clear as far as the blame is concerned.
It is one thing to have a report that the virus leaked from a lab in China experimenting on viruses and animals, and totally another to say the virus was perchance someone eating wild animal or being beaten by a domesticated wild animal.